Did this guy have to cut his arm off with a pocket-knife too?? Hit the jump and find out!
A 64-year-old hiker named Amos Wayne Richards survived 96 hours (that’s four days, people!) trapped in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park with a broken leg and dislocated shoulder. What was he doing out there in the first place?
Why, he was inspired by the film 127 Hours starring James Franco!
So how did this all happen?
It seems like the North Carolina native took the film—based on Aron Ralston’s real-life journey—a little too much to heart and decided to go on the same hiking trip earlier this month through Little Blue John Canyon that Ralston embarked on, according to published reports.
Things didn’t go exactly as planned.
The 127 Hours super-fan took a ten-foot fall, which broke his leg and dislocated his shoulder. Ironically enough, Richards found himself trapped not far from where Ralston had to cut off his arm with a pocketknife.
“It took me about three or four minutes to work my shoulder and get it back in place,” Richards told WBTV in Charlotte. “Once I got it back in place, I stood up and realized my ankle hurt a little bit.”
Thankfully, park rangers realized something was wrong when the hiker failed to return to his campsite and searched for Richards. Two days later, they found his car near the Little Blue John trailhead. Once rescued, Richards, who had been slowly dragging himself back the way he had come, was treated for a shattered leg and dehydration and is now recuperating in North Carolina.
Sorry chief, but that movie isn’t exactly inspirational, more of a cautionary tale if anything. It isn’t like people rushed to the beaches after JAWS came out…SMH